It’s finally sunny out today! I’ve missed the sun incredibly much for the past 2 days. It makes me SO much more motivated just to see daylight. It’s even melted a lot of the snow that was out there, so life is amazing! Also, the other day I bought this MASSIVE papaya on clearance. (Mmmmm…clearance produce rack…) I’ve only cooked with papaya once before, so I’m still learning to branch out with it. I do believe I will include papaya in all of my meals today!
Papaya, Carrot and Quinoa Salad
1/4 cup uncooked Quinoa
However much Papaya you want ^_^
1 Carrot, shredded
0.5 oz dried Dates
Small squeeze of juice from an Orange
Cook quinoa according to directions. While it’s cooking, throw some shredded carrot on top, but don’t stir the pot because the quinoa won’t soak up the water correctly. Squeeze a little fresh orange juice over the top of the carrots. Re-cover and cook. Meanwhile, cut your papaya into chunks. Chop up some tarragon and throw it, the corriander and cinnamon (however much you’d like) into the pot and re-cover. Once quinoa is done, stir everything together. Add papaya and dried dates. Top with a little almond milk. If you’d like, use yogurt instead of milk. This was awesome! The dried dates gave it an awesome burst of sweetness without having to add sugar or honey while also adding some texture. The orange juice gave it that right amount of acidity. Nice, fresh, well-rounded breakfast! (Now that I think of it, this is more of a hot cereal than a salad since I added milk and all, but it could easily be used either way! Just pop it in the fridge for a cold salad instead of adding milk and eating it warm.)
Papaya, Cucumber and Tuna Couscous salad with Papaya Seed dressing
Did ya’ll know that you can eat Papaya seeds? And that they’re totally delicious? I didn’t know either until today! They have a nutty, poppyseed-like flavour. I sort of came up with this dressing idea just to try them and hoped it didn’t suck.
1/4 cup uncooked Couscous
5 oz cubed Papaya
1/2 small Cucumber, sliced and cut into small triangles
1 can Tuna in water, drained
Fresh squeezed Lemon Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 T Red Wine Vinegar
1 t Fennel seeds
1 T Papaya seeds
2 T low-fat Sour Cream
1 t Honey (I used a Lemon Honey Creme)
Cook the couscous per the directions (usually an equal part water to couscous, let the water boil, add couscous, turn off the heat, cover and let sit about 5 minutes). Toss all the salad ingredients together in a bowl. Blend all dressing ingredients in a food processor. It doesn’t matter if some of the seeds won’t break up, just get as many as you can. Pour over the top of the salad. The dressing in particular was VERY very good! Gave it an absolutely wonderful zing! The only thing I would change is I would peel the cucumber first next time. The skin made it just a little too bitter, I wanted more of the sweetness to come through. (Don’t fret, it’s plenty sweet!) Otherwise, a really really good salad!
Gotta love all the stray spices all over my oventop. As you can see I’m oh so precise with my measurements. ^_^
Chicken and Papaya Stir Fry
4 oz Chicken, cut into small strips
1.5 t Soy Sauce
1.5 t White Wine
1 t Cornstarch
Stir fry and sauce:
1 Parsnip, sliced
1/2 Green Pepper, sliced
1/4 small Onion, sliced
1 clove Garlic
1/4 t hot pepper, minced
1/4 cup fresh squeezed Orange Juice
1 t Mustard
Splash of Lemon Juice
Splash of Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Yogurt
Fresh grated Ginger
1/4 t Corriander
1/4 t Cumin
Large pinch of Paprika
Crushed Red Pepper
S&P to taste
Stir marinade ingredients together and toss in chicken. Set aside and prepare ingredients/chop up veggies/squeeze your orange juice/etc. Sautee onions, garlic and ginger. Toss in chicken and marinade. Cook until chicken starts browning on both sides. Throw in parsnips and peppers and allow to cook until chicken is cooked through and parsnips begin to soften. Add all the rest of the ingredients except yogurt and papaya. Allow orange juice sauce mixture to thicken before adding yogurt and papaya. Cook until heated through. I served this on top of sticky rice.
This was sort of a combination of 2 recipes I found online. I’m incredibly impressed just how much flavour papaya really has. It doesn’t need any other fruits to back it up. It looks like big pieces of candy corn. It’s bright, airy and has just the right amount of sweetness and reminds me so much of the sun. I enjoy how thats how this morning started and that’s also how it’s ending. Being in love with the sun. ^_^ WONDERFUL dish, great balance, nothing overpowered anything else.
Tomorrow is another work-from-home day, so I’ll get to cook 3 wonderful meals in a row again! I MIGHT even do a tiny bit of shopping as I am out of a few of my usual key ingredients that I like to have on hand at all times (if I actually feel like leaving my house…I AM out of ice cream and this is VERY important to have on-hand hehe). I’m hoping to try something new and exciting for breakfast! I found a wonderful looking pineapple breakfast recipe, so we shall see kids! What could it be??
Morning weigh-in: 127 (SON OF A BITCH! I was mad about this.)
Exercise: Sex, 1/2 hour on the stair stepper